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HTA Issues RFPs to Help Fund Programs Supporting Hawaiian Culture, Natural Resources and Community-Oriented Events in 2019

June 16, 2018 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) today issued three Request for Proposals offering to provide funding support to qualified programs that will perpetuate Hawaiian culture, preserve natural resources and present community events in 2019.

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HTA awarded a total of $3.5 million to 124 community-focused programs statewide in 2018.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review and download the RFPs from HTA’s website for three programs – Kukulu Ola, Aloha Aina and Community Enrichment – each of which are designed to help improve Hawaii’s quality of life for residents while also enhancing the visitor experience.

“These programs and the support provided to community-minded individuals and organizations are essential to balancing tourism’s benefits with its impacts on how we enjoy life in the Hawaiian Islands,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “I encourage anyone with a commitment to make Hawaii a better place to review these RFPs and see how HTA can become their partner in fulfilling their vision for a thriving community.”

The three community-based programs for which HTA has issued RFPs to provide funding support in 2019 are as follows.

Community Enrichment (RFP 19-01): HTA is supporting community-oriented programs, festivals and special events promoting culture, education, health and wellness, nature, agriculture, sports, technology and “voluntourism” for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

Kukulu Ola (RFP 19-02): HTA is seeking programs that enhance, strengthen and help to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture by supporting cultural practitioners, craftsmen, musicians and artists.

Aloha Aina (RFP 19-03): HTA is supporting programs that help preserve and enhance the quality of Hawaii’s treasured natural resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

The deadline for applicants to submit proposals to HTA seeking funding support from any of the three program categories is Friday, August 3, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Program applications are available at HTA’s website at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/about-hta/rfps.

All inquiries should be directed to Ronald Rodriguez, HTA procurement officer and contract specialist, at contracting@gohta.net.

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